Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see the Indianapolis Opera present Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Basile Opera Center on Saturday, December 8, or Saturday, December 15. On both nights, the show starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $75, you get a show package for two (up to a $133.50 total value).
- For $150, you get a show package for four (up to a $267 total value).<p>
For each person, the package includes:
- One ticket for best-available seating at the time of redemption (up to a $60.50 value, including all fees)
- One cup of hot chocolate, eggnog, wine, or beer (up to a $6.25 value)<p>
Led by Artistic Director James Caraher—a 31-year veteran of the Indianapolis Opera—the musicians and singers of the state’s only professional opera company stage a modern Christmas classic. With its fidget-fighting 50-minute runtime, English libretto, and child protagonist, Amahl and the Night Visitors is designed to light up the holidays of families with children as young as elementary-school-aged.
Pulitzer-winning composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti’s story pans to the periphery of the Biblical story of Christmas. Amahl, a shepherd boy kept apart from the flock by a bad leg and his family’s poverty, has a reputation for telling tall tales. It’s no surprise when his mother doesn’t believe that he’s seen an enormous new star over their roof or that families will one day celebrate the season by putting large trees inside their homes. The arrival of three resplendently dressed kings, bearing treasure and looking for a place to rest, prove that Amahl has been telling the truth while opening up tantalizing new opportunities for the boy and his mother.
Written on commission for NBC, the opera was the first composed specifically for American television, and it aired for years as a Christmas tradition. Menotti’s compositions eschewed the avant-garde sensibilities of the early 20th century, paying tribute instead to “the nobility of gracefulness and the pleasure of sweetness,” as he told the New York Times. His philosophy of accessible lyricism is evident in Amahl, with gently flowing passages interspersed with lively, hummable tunes and a midshow shepherd’s dance.